The Price of Gas
I know this isn't a fashion-related post but man, I spent the entire afternoon with my accountant going through my finances and christ almighty, I have a stack of receipts from various petrol stations — the amount of money I've spent on gas the past few months is absolutely insane! In these crazy times, it's even more expensive to load up the tank than getting a decent MEAL itself in the city.
How much are gas prices where you are? I pay US$1.32 per liter or US$5.28 per gallon.
I'm not exactly disconnected from the "real" world. I know what's going on… I just don't like talking about it.
I guess it sucks living in a city of what — 14 (or is it 15) million people where there's a lack of government-owned and operated public transportation system. That's right. Most, if not all, "public" transport here in Manila are privately operated by businesses or individuals. A price hike on gas means a a bigger dent on their daily budget which means less money to spend on important necessities. I could only imagine the horrors of what your average commuter face on a day-to-day basis, especially those who earn minimum wage, which is what?? P382 or US$8.60 PER DAY. YOU READ THAT RIGHT. US$8.60 PER DAY! And tons of people here in the third world get paid less than that! Don't even get me started.
Anyhoo. Isn't funny how I get **SO** much flak from people for referring to the Philippines as "third world? You try your very best to uplift the image of where you're from but reality bites sometimes.